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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud thanks Arsene Wenger for his help after Celia Kay alleged affair revelations with the striker keen to 'focus on the pitch'

Giroud returned to form on Saturday scoring twice against Everton to help send the Gunners to Wembley for the FA Cup semi finals

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has elaborated on the accusations that he had an affair with model Celia Kay, in which he thanked manager Arsene Wenger and admitted he needs to focus “on the pitch and take care” of his family.

Revelations appeared in The Sun on Sunday last month picturing Giroud in nothing but his underwear, with Giroud originally denying that he took Kay to the Four Season Hotel in Canary Wharf in the eve of the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

The Frenchman has since issued an apology to his wife, family, manager and the club, but he returned to form on Saturday as he came off the bench to score twice in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Everton that sends the Gunners to Wembley for the semi-finals.

Following the match, Giroud spoke openly on the incident for the first time, and the France international admitted that some claims were indeed true, while others were not.

“There was some things which were true, some others were false,” said the 27-year-old. “But that's the past.

“What doesn't kill me makes me stronger. I'm convinced that everything happened to me will make me stronger.”


The striker looked like a rejuvenated figure at the Emirates, and along with Mesut Ozil, looked to have benefitted from the rest he was afforded by Wenger. Giroud went on to thank the 64-year-old, admitting that he had spoken to him and has helped him move on from the ordeal, which he is keen to do.

“That's all I need to do: focus on the pitch with my club and take care of my family,” continued Giroud.

Model Celia Kay told The Sun on Sunday about her visit to the Arsenal team hotel

“It's been a difficult period. You have to be strong in your head. I used football as an outlet. The contribution of the coach Arsene Wenger was very important. I could talk with him.

“Now I just want to forget about it, move on to something else and make a new start.”